Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak,” according to new guidelines released Nov. 19 by the Texas Education Agency.

The agency’s list of frequently asked questions regarding attendance and enrollment in 2020-21 was updated this week to clarify school administrators can offer families exclusively remote instruction for up to 14 days given the scenario that too many campus educators are affected by COVID-19 for the school to be staffed adequately.


“In such cases, a 14-day period would allow for enough time for the virus incubation period to be completed,” TEA officials stated in the guidance. “The campus access restriction and resulting offering of remote instruction must be limited to the specific campus being impacted.”

Officials said campuses could instate a hybrid instructional model or be fully remote if administrators elect to restrict on-campus access during this scenario. However, schools are still required to remain open for on-campus instruction for students who do not have internet access or adequate devices at home.

Campuses using this option should notify the TEA by using the “Request to Restrict Student Access to On-Campus Instruction Due to Confirmed Instructional Staff Cases of COVID-19 on Campus” form. Visit www.tea.texas.gov for more information.
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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